The Laboratory Services department at FirstLight Health System is comprised of a team of skilled, experienced, and compassionate professionals necessary for the care and treatment of our patients.

Laboratory testing is essential to providing quality patient care. Lab tests play an integral role in the diagnoses and treatment of our patients with approximately 70% of the information providers use to diagnose and treat patients being provided by Laboratory Services.

FirstLight offers a comprehensive menu of tests ranging routine lipid and cholesterol screenings to highly complex, technologically advanced tests. Each test contributes to a provider’s ability detect disease earlier, plan appropriate treatments, and monitor results/treatments.

The FirstLight Health Systems Laboratory Services department holds itself to the highest standards of patient care, undergoing rigorous inspection processes:

  • Accredited by the CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) program of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Inspected biannually by COLA, an inspection agency who reports scores to CMS and the Joint Commission.
  • Implements daily quality control testing of all instruments and test systems to verify they are performing optimally to ensure the most accurate results.

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Laboratory services performed at FirstLight include:

  • Bacteriology
  • Blood Bank/Transfusion Services
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • Chemistry
  • Toxicology
  •  Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Hematology/Coagulation
  • Serology
  • Urinalysis
  • Specimen processing for off-site testing to referral labs
  • Urine Drug Screen Collections

If you have visited a provider at a different facility, we are happy to accommodate your outpatient laboratory needs. Upon checking in, you will need a signed, written order before performing any laboratory test.

FirstLight  is proud to be affiliated with several laboratory technicians, clinical laboratory science, and phlebotomy school programs that provide an excellent learning opportunity for students.

Laboratory Services are provided at all FirstLight locations. To schedule a clinic lab appointment contact Mora at 1-800-245-5671 or 320-679-1313 , Hinckley at 320-384-6189, or Pine City at 320-629-7505.

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